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Monday, February 09, 2009

toady

\TOH-dee\ , noun, verb;
1.
a fawning flatterer; humble dependent
verb:
1.
to attempt to gain favor by fawning or being servile
Quotes:
The freshman was the senior's toady even though many made fun of her.
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They came backstage and toadied to the actor.
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Origin:
c 1690 for noun, possibly shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer," originally referring to the assistant of a charlatan, who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison. The verb is recorded from 1827.
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